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3.27 is my surgery date for VSG! I'm excited to get my life back and to be a more active and healthier version of me for my kids. I am blessed to work for a company that offers good insurance as well as SurgeryPlus so my entire procedure is covered.

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My surgery went well. I also had hiatal hernia repair. I was an outpatient and had little pain after coming out of anesthesia, was able to keep Water down and walked....gas pains were mostly non existent. Currently having mild pain, due to soreness from hernia repair. liquids going down well, ready for pureed foods. I have my two week post op on Wednesday 3/20. I lost 19 lbs in my two week full liquid pre op diet and 6lbs down from surgery, so a total of 25 lbs.

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Great news that you're doing well. Congratulations on having the surgery behind you! My surgery is scheduled for 3/18 & the Dr will be fixing a hiatal hernia as well for me. It's nice to know other people going through similar things. Love to hear how your healing and progress continue.

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On 3/12/2024 at 7:50 PM, Emeraude said:

Great news that you're doing well. Congratulations on having the surgery behind you! My surgery is scheduled for 3/18 & the Dr will be fixing a hiatal hernia as well for me. It's nice to know other people going through similar things. Love to hear how your healing and progress continue.

Good luck for tomorrow! Let us know how it goes.

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I was March 13 and everyday it’s getting easier and less painful but man it’s harder for only having liquids lol so many food commercials 3 days till I’m allowed full liquid and can have my favorite Protein Shake.

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7 hours ago, Lostmom said:

I was March 13 and everyday it’s getting easier and less painful but man it’s harder for only having liquids lol so many food commercials 3 days till I’m allowed full liquid and can have my favorite Protein Shake.

Me too Lostmom. I was in surgery on the 13th. Your team has you on Clear Liquids longer than mine did. I was clear liquids the day before through the two days after surgery, so I moved on to full liquids yesterday (Saturday). And I agree about the pain. It's almost non-existent for me aside from the gas (which is also getting better). I do crave real food when I'm hungry but as soon as I'm full from my 4 oz. of Protein Shake, those cravings subside. Keep us updated on how things are going. I like the idea of a, "surgery twin".

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I had my surgery 3/13/24 I had ESG revision of Gastric Plication in 2011

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On 3/10/2024 at 4:44 PM, Tamika James said:

You're the day before me. Our time is coming up. How are you feeling?

Tired of the pre-op shakes and soooo looking forward to being on the other side of this. How about you?

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On 3/4/2024 at 10:47 AM, Dyanalee said:

Hello, my gastric sleeve is scheduled for March 19th. I have my pre-surgery ekg, xray, and about a million vials of blood from all the tests I saw ordered in MyChart tomorrow.

This is my third attempt in 8 years to get this surgery, and my husband's job change finally got an insurance that will do it, and now it's suddenly very real. It's a weird roller coaster in my head.

Ahh, does this make us "re-birth day twins"? Lol. Mine is the same day (have to be at the hospital in 12 hours -- and the nervous-excitement is kicking in)

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1 hour ago, JennyBeez said:

Tired of the pre-op shakes and soooo looking forward to being on the other side of this. How about you?

I hate liquids lol I want solid food

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I started my liquid diet today, and my surgery is next Tuesday the 26th. I can already tell this is gonna be a hard week

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1 hour ago, gracie25 said:

I started my liquid diet today, and my surgery is next Tuesday the 26th. I can already tell this is gonna be a hard week

You got this!!!

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Scheduled for the gastric sleeve March 28th and extremely nervous. 6 days into the pre-op diet, so far so good.

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